Jane Goodall’s Work in Tanzania
Passion over profit is what would define most social entrepreneurs, Jane Goodall is an inspiration to anyone keen on social entrepreneurship.She founded Roots and Shoots in 1991 with 12 Tanzanian high school students with the aim of tackling urgent problems in their community. Currently, Roots and Shoots uses young people to help make important positive changes in over 130 countries in the world. The organisation focuses on issues close to human, animal welfare, and environmental problems in their communities.
Jane Goodall is currently on a global tour to mark the 40th anniversary of her non-profit organisation, The Jane Goodall Institute. She is set to appear as a keynote speaker in several events to educate on conservation emphasizing on the collective power of individual initiative to conserve the environment.
When It All Started
Ms Goodall’s journey as a conserver of the environment began in her early 20s. A primatologist by profession, She was one of the crusaders to air the plight facing the larger apes; Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Her first organisation, Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania, was tasked with studying and caring for chimpanzees.
Spending all her youth among the chimps, she quickly discovered that the primates do, indeed, have emotions. Chimpanzees also exhibit an ingenuity echoing that of the human species, by crafting tools of their own to make life in the wilderness easier.
Ironically, life isn’t all rosy for the primates as their ecosystem is threatened with extinction. Lately, people enter forests where chimpanzees live. The Chimpanzees have been affected by human diseases. In addition, people are hunting the chimpanzees.To make it worse, the hunt for non-renewable and non-recyclable mineral, Coltan, is driving the chimps further from the rainforests. These factors are all driving chimps into inevitable extinction. All’s not lost yet as Jane Goodall has an answer to save humanity from the plight we face.
Speaking at a forum for environmental conservation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Goodall observes that, “It is everyone’s effort to care for the animals, fellow humans, and the environment we live in. A reality check, we are not borrowing from this planet but we are actually stealing from it.” However, there is hope, and Goodall believes it is in the youth. She is keen on engaging the young people she interacts with during her global tour.The accomplished primatologist launched a campaign, Root and Shoot, in New Zealand and recruited a lot of youth to join the campaign and positively contribute to the environment. In Tanzania, Goodall spoke to youth and encouraged them to become passionate and determined to create a safer environment for animals and children.
Jane Goodall’s quest to save and protect the human and animal ecosystem has won her a number of accolades. She is the recipient of the Medal of Tanzania, Japanese Kyoto Prize, and the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal. Numerous documentaries about her life with the chimps have been released by industry names like National Geographic and Animal Planet.
A Story To Keep You Inspired
In the words of Jane Goodall, “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right”. Are you helping the world change for the better?